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how do you draw images on the comp?

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i am an amateur artist but am i complete newb about "Drawing" on a computer. Can anybody help me out on how i can do this or learn techiniques advice on this thanks.
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You can sketch a pretty good design in pencil/ink, then scan it.

Open it up with some good image editing software (photoshop, illustrator, etc.) and clean it up with the editing tools in the software.

There is a learning curve to using most software, but there are many tutorials online to help you out.
pretty much like Greg said.
Scan in a drawing, photo, logo, etc. Using the tool in the program, recreate the image. Use the scan as a template and essentially trace the image using any and all tool necessary.

Learn your pen and bezier tools
One tip I've heard a lot of computer graphic artists give is to use a pen and tablet (like an intous). That way when you draw, it's more like drawing on a scratch pad then when you try to draw with a mouse.

Hopefully some of our graphics expert members can offer some more tips :)
learn the program. I am self taught. I spent almost every night for two years for about five hours messing with the software learning the tools.

Read the user guide that came with the program. It tells you how to use the various tools. It will take trial and error as to knowing which tools work best for various tasks.
I've been using Illustrator & Photoshop for over 10 years and there are still things I don't know. It's not something you can learn in a day ... it just takes practice and patience.

You can download 30-day free trials from Adobe to see how you like the software before you plop down big bucks.

BTW I just upgraded to Illustrator CS2 and there is a new "live trace" command that is awesome and in itself worth the money to upgrade, IMO. You can import a photo or tight sketch and it will turn it into a smooth vector file.

I also have an Intous but don't use it that much ... but mostly because my illustrations are more graphic in nature vs loose artistic ones. But it's a great tool to have.

You might want to check around for local junior colleges, trade schools or continuing education programs who offer basic Photoshop and Illustrator classes. For me it's much easier to have someone show me how to do something versus reading a manual.
illustrator--you're right, CS2 is amazing--and photoshop are my faves. and i've worked with a lot of art programs.

i used an intuos for a while when i made the jump from traditional to computer-based art, but soon got use to the mouse as just another drawing tool. in fact, using a mouse is probably an easier curve than learning the software.

good luck with everything.
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